West Texas School Enrollment Numbers Show Mixed Bag

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - The numbers are in for several school districts across West Texas so far this year. A combination of several factors may be why some schools are up and others are down.

Many can still speculate about why the enrollment numbers are, for the most part, a mixed bag across the West Texas area. Some places and cities are hit harder than others, based on stablized oil prices, or the bad national economy. 

Midland ISD has not seen dramatic changes. As of Friday, the total number of students is 21, 274. That's up 23 students from this time last year.

Ector County ISD also hasn't seen anything dramatic. The latest number is just over 27,000, and roughly 50 more students than last year. 

Big Spring ISD has seen an increase. The total is 3,859. That is 65 students more than last year. 

Crane ISD is down about 17 students, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD is down about 45 students, Andrews ISD is up about 41, and Monahans ISD is up 12 students. 

School districts, of course, frequently record enrollment, so the numbers could change at bit. Right now, it appears the sagging local economy has not had a big effect on our area schools. 

Mike Adkins, with Ector County ISD tells NewsWest 9, it may take another year before they can tell how the economy will affect their enrollment.